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Celebrating super mums

Every day's a good day to celebrate mothers and their role in making the world a better place, even when times are tough. Meet eight of these super women who are empowering their communities, and helping their families to escape poverty.

An Oxfam food and health programme in Niger helped make life better for Binta and her family. “Before, my daughter Fati was really sick. I was so worried. Today my little girl is well” And now not only does Binta know how to keep Fati well, but she’s used her knowledge to become a Community Health Leader.

Doting gran, Regina, remembers going hungry to ensure her children could go to school in Gicumbi, Rwanda. But now she’s part of an Oxfam farm co-operative so she always has enough to eat and time to spend with her granddaughter Irizabaimbuto.*
*Name has been changed.

Jane is a mum of two, runs her own small business and is leader of the Shining Mothers – an Oxfam-supported women's group – in Nairobi. “After I was trained in business, I wanted to share my skills. That’s the most enjoyable thing, empowering women in my community. It means we can shine and escape poverty.”

Josephine runs a small craft business in Uthir slum, Nairobi. She earns enough to feed and care for her young family and send her daughter to school. She also passes on her knowledge in an Oxfam-backed group that trains women in craft and business skills so they can give their families a better future.

Oxfam is supporting families like Thana’s in Tinah Camp, Iraq. For two years she struggled to keep her children safe when ISIS took control of her village, and then when they fled fighting. Although the family now call a tent home, they are finally safe – Thana got them through.

In Haiti, Oxfam’s working to improve life for mums facing hardship like Rosenie*. Her daughter Mansie* has malaria and typhoid, which makes life incredibly tough. "I try to stop mosquitoes getting in, but our house is broken. And I need money to take Mansie to hospital. I want her to heal so she can go to school."
*Name has been changed.

When ISIS took control of her home in Iraq, Wafaa* fled with her family to Khalo Bazini. Oxfam supplies the village with clean water, and has built sanitation facilities as well promoting good hygiene, all of which help her care for her children. There’s also a cash-for-work programme that provides both women and men with an income.
*Name has been changed.

An Oxfam pig-raising scheme in Myanmar, designed to support women, has enabled Kawng Sin to become a community leader. She has also seen her income grow, which she uses to send her three children to school. "In the future, I want to set up a shop at home, so I can earn more and have a stable life."

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